Dell Thunder Android 2.1 phone

Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen.
  • Flash 10.1.
  • Integrated Hulu app.
  • 8MP camera.
  • Exchange Activesync
  • Swype keyboard.
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA (download speed)/5.76Mbps HSUPA (upload speed)

While HSPA specs mean GSM radios -- and that means either AT&T or T-Mobile -- remember that Swype currently has a deal to be on T-Mo handsets. That doesn't mean there's not room for more (and we'd certainly love to see Swype branch out as much as possible).

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There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]

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